It's early morning, cool, clear and crisp. The cicadas have not yet started their thrumming. In the distance - birdsong. I am surrounded by several tiny hummingbirds.
The sound of their flybys makes me feel like I am the control tower at a busy airport.
I stand, still and quiet with camera in hand, just feet from the hummingbird feeders.
They ignore my presence and keep to the tasks of feeding and chasing, feeding and chasing.
One flies by,
then turns, hovers, and shoves her little feet forward and lands.
A quick second to get her feathers and wings in place...
then on with the task of drinking.
Another joins her.
A male lands on the opposite side, then quickly backs up and takes off.
Another approaches to take his place...
its olive-green feathers shining in the morning sun.
It is like this every morning at this time of year.
Hubbs fills the feeders several times daily... in an effort to quench these tiny soul's thirst and need for calories.
I caught a little video footage of these fascinating tiny birds...
If the video does not show on my blog, you can view it Here on YouTube. Make sure your sound is turned up.
One of my favorite seasonings for cooking is rosemary salt. We don't add table salt to our food, but I do use a little herbed salt when I cook... and this is my favorite.
Instead of buying it, now, (all of a sudden the price shot up to $20 a 3 ounce package... highway robbery)... so for $3, I am making more than twice that amount using fresh rosemary from my garden. You can use whatever herbs you like.
Simply strip the leaves from the stems. Chop them in a food processor, blender, etc. with a clove of garlic (minced).
Them add the salt ( I use coarse sea salt) and pulse a couple of times just to blend.
Dry before storing in containers.
I stuck mine in the oven at 230 degrees for 45 minutes. You could also use a dehydrator, or dry in open air (it's too humid here for that, however).
While in the garden, I picked a few tomatoes... just a few....